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# Building of the Buddhist temple in Laos, which was

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Building of the Buddhist temple in Laos, which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, was completed five years later, withstanding torrential rains and thunderstorms.
A. which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II,
B. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
C. which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
D. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda and begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II it
E. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, which was begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and

I prefer choice B over choice A as it is concise.

Is "Which" really neccessary in this sentence ?Please explain why?

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A. which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II,
"Which" modifies Laos so incorrect.

B. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
Seems OK

C. which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
"Which" modifies Laos so incorrect.

D. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda and begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II it
"and begun" does not make any sense.

E. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, which was begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
It is 'building of Pagoda" not "pagoda" which begun in AD 312. So incorrect.
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28 Jun 2008, 12:39
This is more a questions of began vs begun rather than "which"

We use begun whenever it is a case of something continuing from the past into the present. It is past particple of begin.

Also begun is always used with have ,has, had etc... he has begun , they have begun ..etc

The past tense is began.

In this case the temple was built in the past, hence, the correct verb is began.

This leaves with A & C.

According to me C is better than A , as "and" is needed because " was completed five years later, should modify the temple, and not the ruler Kirthiman,
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28 Jun 2008, 12:41
bhatiagp wrote:
This is more a questions of began vs begun rather than "which"

We use begun whenever it is a case of something continuing from the past into the present. It is past particple of begin.

Also begun is always used with have ,has, had etc... he has begun , they have begun ..etc

The past tense is began.

In this case the temple was built in the past, hence, the correct verb is began.

This leaves with A & C.

According to me C is better than A , as "and" is needed because " was completed five years later, should modify the temple, and not the ruler Kirthiman,

Really misread, but I think there are chances question is wrongly typed and all option had began instead of begun.
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28 Jun 2008, 12:52
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Building of the Buddhist temple in Laos, which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, was completed five years later, withstanding torrential rains and thunderstorms.
A. which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II,
B. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
C. which was officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, began in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and
D. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda and begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II it
E. officially called as the Grand Cambodian Pagoda, which was begun in A.D. 312, during the reign of Kirtivarman-II, and

I prefer choice B over choice A as it is concise.

Is "Which" really neccessary in this sentence ?Please explain why?

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I was wondering if you could tell me whether it is "begun" or "began" in choices B, D, and E? If it is "began" in B then IMO B, however the use of "begun" seems wrong.
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